It started out sloppy for CU. They played like a team that is playing their first conference game on the road. They couldn’t move the ball against OSU’s zone, turned the ball over, and didn’t play transition defense. CU and Oregon State both couldn’t score well in the halfcourt, but the Beavers scored transition buckets and the Buffs couldn’t score at all. They went 1-4 in FTs, as well. All in all, a bad start for CU.
For most of the first half, CU was stagnant on offense. The good news is, Oregon State never pulled away. The Buffs hounded them in the halfcourt, and stopped their guards from penetrating. The Beavers were limited to one shot per possession, and Tyler Bey, D’Shawn Schwartz, and Dallas Walton cleared the boards. Near the end of the 1st half, Dom Collier made a prayer at the end of the shot clock and the race was on. McKinley Wright started moving the ball and the shots started falling. Not at a great rate, but still. Because of their defense and rebounding (TAD BALL), the Buffs entered halftime only down 9. The score was 32-23 after a quick 10-0 run from the Beavers.
Oregon State picked up where they left off, opening up a 37-27 lead in the second early. Once again, defense and rebounding kept the Buffs in the game. For a little. Oregon State finally cracked the defense, and scored at a normal rate, but CU just couldn’t get any shots to fall. The layups weren’t going, the threes were either airballed or clanked, and it was more likely that a drive ended in a turnover or block rather than a bucket. In the end, CU shot 33% from the field, 28% from three, and had 18 turnovers. That is not a winning combination. They play Oregon at Oregon on Sunday, where they will hope all of those misses turn to makes.